Cycle Pre-workout? Really?
If you have used a pre-workout regularly for an extended period of time, it likely isn’t as effective as it once was. One of the primary reasons this happens is that, because pre-workout is stimulant-heavy, the body develops a tolerance to several ingredients that require a higher dose to achieve the same desired effect. To make your pre-workout more effective, it may be time for you to start cycling to restore the effectiveness that your supplement once had.
Most pre-workout formulas utilize caffeine for a surge of energy that helps build motivation and improve an overall workout. However, large doses of caffeine over time can lead to a tolerance build-up that makes it less effective than it once was. Even worse, it can take up to 8 weeks to fully restore caffeine tolerance to normal levels to achieve the optimal energy levels when supplementing with a pre-workout.
From a health standpoint, limiting your pre-workout intake may be a good idea if you are exceeding the recommended dosage just to get the desired effect again. In many cases, switching to a different supplement, such as BCAAS or a stim-free pre-workout, to help fuel your workouts for the time being. This lapse can also help save you money by decreasing the amount of pre-workout needed to achieve optimal results.
Cycling your pre-workout supplement is a great way to cleanse the body and restore the effectiveness of the supplements that you take regularly. In most cases, you should be able to achieve optimal results by cycling off of your supplements for around 4 to 6 weeks. This can help ensure that you are saving money by taking recommended dosing and maintaining the effectiveness of your workouts.
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